The Jewish social action nonprofit Bend the Arc ran a full-page ad in the July 2 edition of the national Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión, condemning the Trump administration policies of separating and detaining immigrant families. More than 200 Jewish organizations and synagogues, including many from the Bay Area, signed the ad, which was headlined “The Jewish community declares a state of moral emergency.”
The text ran in English and Spanish, calling the policies “unprecedented in their scope and cruelty” and charging that they inflict “physical, mental and emotional harm on immigrants and punishing those that seek refuge at our borders.”
The ad also addressed the victims of the administration’s policies, stating that “The Jewish community hears your cries. We will take risks to support you, and we will demand that our nation’s leaders take action.”
Local synagogues signing on included East Bay congregations Beyt Tikkun, Chochmat HaLev and Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, Temple Israel in Alameda, Temple Sinai in Oakland and Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont; signers in San Francisco included Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, Or Shalom Jewish Community and The Kitchen; Peninsula and South Bay signators were Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City and Temple Beth El in Aptos; and in the North Bay and beyond, Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley, B’nai Israel in Sacramento and Beth Shalom in Carmichael.
Bay Area-based agencies signing the ad included the JCC East Bay in Berkeley, Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, Jewish LearningWorks, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Sacramento, the Rossmoor Jewish Community Chorus, the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, the Jewish Community Relations Council in Sacramento, Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto and National Council of Jewish Women chapters in Contra Costa County, San Francisco and Sacramento.